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10 Stories You Should Know: 05/23/2023
Here are the TV stories that should be on your radar
Here are the TV and streaming news stories that should be on your radar for Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023:
CNN Launches FAST Channel For Europe (Variety)
CNN Fast is set up as a curated channel of short-form videos that will feature international stories across major news events, business, entertainment, sport and the environment. It launched on Tuesday across several European countries on Rakuten TV, and will also be available on LG Channels from May 24, followed by Samsung TV Plus in June.
Idiot Box Gets Smart: Why Digital Content Looks Set To Rule India, But On TV (The Federal)
The population boom and faster economic progress are making the idiot box smart, says the data released by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for 2022. The television industry is seeing a revolution, with internet-enabled smart TV pushing conventional TV sets out of the market.
Starzplay: 70% Increase In Viewership During Ramadan (Advanced-Television)
Ramadan entertainment continues to be in high demand in MENA and has driven growth in viewership during the Holy Month, according to a viewership analysis by Starzplay, an SVoD service in the region. The platform witnessed a significant increase in viewership across the GCC markets with nearly a 70 per cent increase in unique users.
‘The Madame Blanc Mysteries’ Renewed For Season Three By AMC Networks’ Acorn & Channel 5 (Deadline)
AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and Channel 5 are serving up a third season of The Madame Blanc Mysteries. As with Season 2, the U.S./UK co-commissioners are preparing a Christmas special along with six episodes.
MultiChoice’s Fight Against Netflix And Disney+ (My Broadband)
Showmax’s subscriber numbers are second to only Netflix in sub-Saharan Africa, MultiChoice Connected Video and Showmax CEO Yolisa Phahle said during the broadcaster’s inaugural Capital Markets Day presentation on Tuesday. Phahle’s presentation cited Digital TV Research data.
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Kino Lorber, First Look Media Enter Into SVOD Joint Venture (Rapid TV News)
International film distribution company Kino Lorber has announced that it is forming a new joint venture to combine its MHz Choice streaming service with that of First Look Media’s Topic.
China’s Youku, Hishow To Co-Produce Drama Series ‘My Dearest Stranger’, Starring Wang Luodan, Bosco Wong (Deadline)
Chinese streamer Youku is teaming with Beijing-based producer-distributor Hishow Entertainment to produce high-end drama series My Dearest Stranger, starring Wang Luodan and Bosco Wong. The 16-part suspense drama will be directed by Golden Horse Award-winning Taiwanese filmmaker Lin Yu-Hsien Hsien.
European League Of Football Taps Endeavor Streaming (Digital TV Europe)
The European League of Football (ELF) has teamed up with Endeavor Streaming to develop its media distribution and OTT strategy, and enhance its streaming service, Game Pass. Per the agreement, Endeavor Streaming will deliver additional growth services to the American football league, including marketplace strategy, product strategy and end-to-end technical deployment to help ELF grow.
Culture Ministry To Inject $18.66 Million Into 34 TV Series (Korea Joongang Daily)
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will inject a total budget of 24.5 billion won ($18.66 million) into 34 drama series, reality television shows and documentaries selected through a contest hosted jointly with the Korea Creative Content.
Viaplay Appoints Gave As EVP And Head Of Sports (Advanced-Television)
Viaplay Group has appointed Cecilia Gave as EVP and Head of Sports. In her new role, Gave will oversee the strategic development and coordinate the management of Viaplay’s sports operations across all relevant markets. She joins the Group Executive Management team and is based in Stockholm.